'That 70’s Show' has continuously remained an iconic television show which appeals to a wide range of people through its use of nostalgia and bewitching take on 7o’s high-school culture. The aesthetic not only pulls in the older generation from familiarity but also fascinates the young people who are looking for an escape to a more vintage time. One of the most well known parts of the show was the relationship between the charming main characters, Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti. While the two were the main couple during the show, another couple burst onto the scene during season 5 which proceeded to completely steal the audience's love. Jackie Berkhart & Steven Hyde became the perfect and unpredictable pair which remains to be a fan favorite. What made the two special was the oddity of their coupling, which seemed to work in their benefit for the love story. However, when someone actually looks into their relationship past just watching the show casually, it becomes hard to ignore their hardships and turmoil which take over in the later seasons. Catching major signs of manipulation, trust issues and communication problems. A watchful eye comes to realize the pair might not be as perfect as they once thought. They may even be pretty toxic for each other.
“Jesus-Christ-bananas, The Beav said. Pete had once made a list of Beav-isms, and Jesus-Christ-bananas was high on it. Along with such standbys as doodlyfuck and kiss my bender.” (King, Stephen. Dreamcatcher: a Novel. Scribner, 2001.) Does that sound like a quote from a familiar classic novel? A literature masterpiece, perhaps? Well, of course it doesn’t. Rather that quote comes from the mouth of Pete Moore as he muses on the fellow-character they like to call; Beaver, in Stephen King’s ‘Dreamcatcher’. King is an extremely popular writer whose body of work is widely known as large & daunting. Among his total of around 63 books is that title 'the average-reader’ might not recognize. With such a large variety of work, it comes as no surprise that ‘Dreamcatcher’ seems to have been overshadowed by some of King’s more hit classics. How well could a book about aliens eating their way out of people in….a distressing way (to be discussed later) do when paired against ‘The Shining’, ‘The Stand’ or ‘IT’ (And both of those titles concern Derry, Maine)? The answer is pretty poorly in the eyes of most Stephen King fans & followers. ‘Dreamcatcher’ is often ranked at the bottom of King lists (both book & movie adaptation). While the novel isn’t immune to problems, ‘Dreamcatcher’ is actually a secret little gem among King’s body of work. The novel expresses the classic King trope of following a group of old childhood friends in an endearingly familiar yet new way. Which inherently gives the reader one of the most important pulls to a book; genuine care for the fictional characters. And that is very beneficial considering the story itself is founded in body horror that is actually effectively creepy. From this creatively creepy story, there are just so many odd details that really enhance the story in a genuinely charming way. This is a Stephen King book that is truly unique. It’s time to take a deep-dive into the reasons why the novel is underrated yet also explain the reason why everyone hates it for the wrong reason while ignoring the completely valid reason to hate it, which is seemingly it’s own unpopular opinion.
The large & daunting collection of film that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has shown off its broad range of heroes over an 11 year run. Classic Superheroes have jumped from the pages of Marvel Comics to the movie screens, and in the process became house-hold names. Even some of the lesser known characters have turned to staples in the line-up, deservedly so. Among all the colorful characters has been a stand-out team member, Sam Wilson or The Falcon. Anthony Mackie portrays The Falcon in the characters appearances in the MCU, and has created a character worth more than just being referred to as Captain America’s side-kick. Sam Wilson has been a consistently strong and interesting character who has yet to be at the front & center where he belongs. Sam is the most underrated Avenger, and is a uniquely crafted MCU hero, which is what sets him apart from the line-up. The character is always open and honest, which provides a foundation for unparalleled bonds and relationships. Thus, making for interesting development that goes to show that he’s the Avenger the audience needs to see. Sam Wilson is more than just a superhero, he is a good man.
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is a large, diverse, and daunting collection of film that stretches over 10 years. Supplying the fans with 22 movies and another, Spider-Man: Far From Home, on the way within the next couple of days. With such a large body of work, it comes as no surprise that some of the films could be overshadowed by their own familial movies. Perhaps one of the most underrated examples of this can be found with Iron Man 3. The first of the trilogy starring Robert Downey Jr. was the start of the MCU phenomenon and is credited with changing the superhero movie game entirely (deservedly so). But the third film is often stacked at the bottom of MCU lists (not deservedly so). Iron Man 3 is actually the secret gem of the 22 movies. As opposed to the other movies before and after it, Iron Man 3 is a new kind of superhero story with more of an emotional depth. Those emotions provide for excellent growth within Tony’s relationships (both old and new), which inherently gives the viewer a new personal look into the characters. From that, the story-telling grows intensely in this movie and does something bold. Iron Man 3 was another side to the superhero story that is portrayed accurately and leaves viewers and fans with an even stronger attachment to the characters than they had before, this is an MCU film like no other.
“No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.” (KING, STEPHEN. IT. SCRIBNER, 2019.)
Over the years, many amazing and well respected musicians/bands have left their mark on the world. Beginning with a 1965 Newspaper ad, the music and television worlds were treated to a mix-up that would surely leave theirs. The Monkees debuted on NBC in 1966 with an endearingly odd and new style. It was fast paced, surreal, young, and downright absurd. The creation came from the minds of producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider and that’s just what it was in the beginning, a prefabricated creation. The four young men who came to makeup the band had auditioned and were chosen for a television series. This was always something that separated the gang of Monkees from other bands & musical acts and is the origin to a larger problem. The Monkees have never fully been accepted and respected by the music community. In their heyday, they were looked down on, they were seen as juvenile, they were not considered a real band. They were what little brothers and sisters listened to and watched but never considered "real" music. The media criticized them for this plenty of times. But the fact of the matter is that the Monkees came onto the scene and did something wonderful with their music. It’s time they stop being overlooked because they are actually hidden gems. Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, and Micky Dolenz were criminally underrated as the Monkees and all on their own.